A Canadian Human Rights Tribunal has ordered a Calgary woman to stop posting hate messages against minority groups on a U.S.-based white supremacist website. The commission also fined Jessica Beaumont $1,500 for posting the messages and ordered her to pay $3,000 in special compensation to Richard Warman as a result […]
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The Canadian Human Rights Tribunal has issued another decision against a Canadian man for postings on two websites. The case arises from a complaint launched by Richard Warman. The tribunal issued a $7,500 penalty.
Had the CRTC addressed the substantive questions, the case would have presented an enormously difficult choice. There is little doubt that the content in question is illegal and that Warman faces a serious threat. By directly targeting Warman, the foreign sites have arguably brought themselves within Canada's jurisdiction. Further, by merely asking the CRTC to issue a voluntary order, Warman avoided state-sanctioned censorship and placed the issue in the hands of ISPs.
Despite the good intentions behind the application, however, there remains some cause for concern.
Appeared in the Toronto Star on August 28, 2006 as Content Blocking a Can of Worms More than a decade ago, John Gilmore, one of the founders of the Electronic Frontier Foundation, coined the phrase "the Internet interprets censorship as damage and routes around it." Last week, the Canadian […]
The CRTC has issued a quick decision on the Warman request to allow Canadian ISPs to block access to two U.S. based hate sites. The Commission denied the application, basing its decision primarily on the fact that other parties (the carriers, the sites) were not provided with notice and the […]